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My 7 month old Bagle had blood drawn from her left, nd leg

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My 7 month old Bagle had blood drawn from her left, hind leg for a heartworm test this past Sunday. She's been limping ever since but doesn't seem to be having any pain, heat, or swollen areas as I thoroughly checked her leg. They were having issues with getting blood from her leg so they kept Fishing the needle in and out of her. Could this cause the limping?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I don't believe the needle should be incriminated for lameness lasting 4 days but, instead, the restraint needed to keep the leg positioned for the blood draw might well have hurt your dog's hip or leg. Whatever reason, if trauma were responsible for her lameness it would be prudent to see how an antiinflammatory analgesic such as aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food affects her. If you didn't see a positive response, her vet needs to be alerted and your dog's venipuncture site rechecked, leg palpated, and even X-rayed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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